The 7 Lives of the Sparrow" is a French comic book series in seven volumes drawn by André Juillard and scripted by Patrick Cothias. It was published by Glénat and takes place at the beginning of the 17th century, at the end of the reign of King Henri IV. The series follows the intersecting fates of a family of small Auvergne nobility and members of the royal family. The series follows the adventures of Ariane de Troïl, a young woman skilled with the sword who is fascinated by a local rebel nicknamed "the man in the mask" and "the sparrow." She faces many challenges and enemies while exploring new cultures and civilizations. "The 7 Lives of the Sparrow" is a captivating series that combines adventure, history, and mythology. Juillard's drawing is superb and the characters are complex and likable. The story is full of twists and suspenseful moments, and it invites readers to think about themes such as friendship, loyalty, and honor. Here are the titles and release dates of the different volumes of the series :
Volume 1: La Blanche Morte (1983)
Volume 2: Le Temps des Chiens (1984)
Volume 3: L'Arbre de Mai (1986)
Volume 4: Hyronimus (1988)
Volume 5: Le Maître des oiseaux (1989)
Volume 6: La Part du diable (1990)
Volume 7: La Marque du Condor (1991)
André JUILLARD is a French writer and cartoonist. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and, in parallel, he took drawing classes, oriented comics, taught in Vincennes (between 1972 and 1973), by Druillet, Mézières and Giraud! He published his first drawing in 1974 in Formula 1.
During the 1970s, although he published many historical comics (mainly in Fleurus), they met with little success. It is in Pif Gadget that Hide (on Patrick Cothias scenarios) is published starting in 1980. After Pif’s change of formula, both authors take back their rights to the series and take it to Circus. To adapt to the more adult audience of the new publication, both authors modify their series and now call it The 7 Lives of the Hawk. The albums, published from 1983 onwards, met with immediate success.
Critical recognition increased with the release of Le Cahien Bleu. Screenwriter and cartoonist, he abandons the historical comic to place his story in the contemporary world and manages, by its very precise division, to bring an astonishing modernity to his story.
After the 7 volumes of the 7 Lives of the Hawk, he continues, always with Cothias the adventure with Feather to the Wind (which is a sequel to the Hawk) in 4 volumes. He then takes the masterpiece of Jacobs: Blake and Mortimer (alongside Yves Sente. The 7 albums they will produce will be a public success. He also works with Christin for the Lena series, before publishing one-shot such as Mezek (with Yann) or Double 7.
The classicism of Juillard’s drawing, mixed with a purification of the line that is asserted over the years, its vast compositions and full of details just as its infinitely cinematic close-ups impose it as one of the best draftsmen (and illustrators) of its generation.